Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Popular Global Hot Pot Chain - Haidilao - Opening in Motor Row

We were surprised to get this press release from construction company McHugh, but regardless the restaurant sounds interesting:

James McHugh Construction Co., a builder of unique interior spaces and one of the country’s largest commercial contractors, announces it has begun construction of a 7,000-square-foot Haidilao Hot Pot restaurant at 107 E. Cermak Road, on the second floor of Hiltons at McCormick Place in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. Scheduled to open this December, the project marks the China-based global chain’s entry into the Midwest market. With U.S. locations in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Haidilao Hot Pot offers a high-end, Sichuan-style hot pot experience.

“We’re all looking forward to the days when we’re able to enjoy dining out with family, friends and colleagues in a lively environment, so it’s encouraging to see restauranteurs like Haidilao moving forward with their expansion plans,” said Terry Gillespie, senior project manager of Chicago-based James McHugh Construction Co. “We’re proud to be delivering this unique concept and provide our expertise, especially on the project’s extensive exhaust systems. Haidilao has a great reputation internationally as a quality hot pot destination, and we’re excited to expand our relationship with them.”

When complete, the two-level restaurant will include a 700-square-foot waiting area, main staircase and elevator just inside its street-level entrance. Haidilao’s second level will span approximately 6,300 square feet and house the main dining area, kitchen, bathrooms and office space.

Is anyone familiar with this chain?  We found some interesting videos online, and this one is probably the most succinct:

It's been a rough go for restaurants and retail during Covid-19, but a silver lining is that some businesses are still looking to build and open up in the neighborhood.

Looking forward to trying this one.

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